From con- (“together”) + ferō (“I bear”).
cōnferō (present infinitive cōnferre, perfect active contulī, supine collātum); third conjugation, irregular
- I bring or collect together, gather; unite, join.
- I bring together, set in opposition, oppose, match.
- I bring together in thought, compare, contrast.
- I consult, confer, consider, deliberate, talk over.
- I compress, abridge, condense, sum up.
- I bear, carry, convey, direct, take, bring.
- I devote, apply, employ, direct, bestow upon, confer, grant.
- I change, transform, turn, metamorphose.
- I refer, ascribe, attribute, impute, throw blame, lay to the charge of.
- I transfer, defer, put off, postpone, refer.
- confero in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- confero in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- “confero” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
- Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book, London: Macmillan and Co.
- to go to a place: se conferre in aliquem locum
- to employ one's time in..: tempus conferre ad aliquid
- to contribute alms: stipem (pecuniam) conferre
- to employ in the furtherance of one's interests: aliquid in usum suum conferre
- to show kindness to..: benevolentiam alicui praestare, in aliquem conferre
- to heap benefits upon..: beneficia in aliquem conferre
- to gain some one's friendship; to become intimate with: ad alicuius amicitiam se conferre, se applicare
- to expend great labour on a thing: operam alicui rei tribuere, in aliquid conferre
- to give all one's attention to a thing: omnes cogitationes ad aliquid conferre
- to employ all one's energies on literary work: omne studium in litteris collocare, ad litteras conferre
- to become a pupil, disciple of some one: operam dare or simply se dare alicui, se tradere in disciplinam alicuius, se conferre, se applicare ad aliquem
- to devote oneself to philosophy: se conferre ad philosophiam, ad philosophiae or sapientiae studium (Fam. 4. 3. 4)
- to devote oneself to writing history: ad historiam (scribendam) se conferre or se applicare
- to devote oneself to the study of a natural science: se conferre ad naturae investigationem
- to devote oneself to poetry: se conferre ad poesis studium
- to devote oneself to oratory: ad dicendum se conferre
- to become a writer, embrace a literary career: ad scribendum or ad scribendi studium se conferre
- to put oneself under some one's protection: se conferre, se tradere, se permittere in alicuius fidem
- to be courteous, obliging to some one: in aliquem officia conferre
- to enter into conversation with some one: sermonem conferre, instituere, ordiri cum aliquo
- to put our heads together: capita conferre (Liv. 2. 45)
- to devote oneself to politics, a political career: accedere, se conferre ad rem publicam
- to devote one's every thought to the state's welfare: omnes curas et cogitationes in rem publicam conferre
- to devote oneself body and soul to the good of the state: totum et animo et corpore in salutem rei publicae se conferre
- to put the blame on another: culpam in aliquem conferre, transferre, conicere
- with close ranks; with ranks in disorder: confertis, solutis ordinibus
- to come to close quarters: signa conferre cum hoste
- to fight in open order: laxatis (opp. confertis) ordinibus pugnare
- to take to flight: se conicere, se conferre in fugam
- confero in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700, pre-publication website, 2005-2016
- Niermeyer, Jan Frederik (1976), “conferre”, in Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus (in Latin), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 242/2